Graphic Design Emphasis

Phone: 715-346-2669


UW-Stevens Point Graphic Design Emphasis graduates at work

  • Lanea Zagrzebski ‘15Graphic Designer, Duluth Trading Company, Mount Horeb, Wis.
  • Jon King ‘13Founder and Creative Director of Jon King Design
  • Cassie Johnson '11Graphics Technician, Coating Excellence International, Wrightstown, Wis.


Phone: 715-346-2669

Choose Graphic Design Emphasis at UW-Stevens Point

As a graphic design emphasis art major at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, you will focus on creating work centered on visual communication such as branding, identity package design and publication design.

You will work closely with the graphic design faculty in two-dimensional and three-dimensional art and have internship opportunities.

The study of graphic design involves conceptual, historical, theoretical and technical skill development. Our programs teach you about the materials and processes necessary to create work and give you the ability to critically evaluate art and design. See where our graduates are working on our alumni map.

Career opportunities in Graphic Design Emphasis

Creative professionals are valued employees in every organization. We prepare you for careers specifically in or related to the visual arts. With a degree in art and design, you can be employed in commercial or private firms, government agencies or educational institutions. Some of our graduates even choose to be self-employed, professional artists or craftspeople.

Some job titles in graphic design fields include illustrator, design educator, book designer, Web designer, logo and identity designer, packaging designer, creative director and art director.

Building your résumé

Graphic design students have many opportunities to display their artwork on campus and in the community. The Carlsten Art Gallery at the Noel Fine Arts Center displays students' artwork in the annual Juried Student Exhibition which takes place in the fall. The Juried Student Exhibition is judged by an outside professional and results in awards and scholarships given to outstanding students.

Students are able to show their work in the Schneider Student Gallery, the Agnes Jones Gallery and the many display cases at the Noel Fine Arts Center and around campus. Students display their work again during the BFA and BA Exhibitions in which graduating art majors present examples of their work in a variety of media at the end of each spring semester.

Students are encouraged to apply to regional and national design competitions sponsored by American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), AAF Fox River Advertising Federation (ADDY) and Print and Communication Arts magazines to name a few.

Outside the classroom

While in the program, there will be numerous opportunities to broaden your experience. All students are welcome to join our department student groups. Organizations meet on a regular basis and contribute actively to student life by sponsoring trips and special events and raising awareness of aesthetic issues.

Officers work with faculty advisers, the department, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, and the university to facilitate conferences, workshops, lectures and visiting artists and designers. Our student organizations are Student Art League (SAL), the Association of Art Historians and Scholars (AAHS), American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA), Carlsten Gallery Student Advisory Committee (CGSAC), and Sculpt.

Students occasionally participate in client work in the Stevens Point area. Students have worked on creating materials for the Stevens Point Dog Park, the Fox Theatre in Stevens Point and Stevens Point Area Transit.

Student support services

The Department of Art and Design is housed in the beautiful Noel Fine Arts Center. Its facilities offer a variety of studios including two Mac-based computer classrooms, a photography studio, classrooms that include special equipment such as laser cutters that can aid students in developing their creative skills, helping them work more efficiently and effectively.

In addition to helping you to learn about art, your faculty will help you with recommendations, advice on jobs and graduate schools, and general support through artistic dilemmas. Students appreciate our faculty’s open-door policy.

UW-Stevens Point also offers career planning and job search services through its Career Services office, linking education to the world of work for UW-Stevens Point students and alumni.